Welcome to Breastfeeding Answers and Solutions, a blog for breastfeeding moms and anyone who supports them.
My name is Andrea Tran, and I help breastfeeding moms be successful with their breastfeeding goals, and work through their breastfeeding challenges by providing them with education and support.
I became a Lactation Consultant in 1994. I realized immediately that this is what I had been waiting to do. I am a registered nurse and an IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I have a BSN, and an MA in Health and Wellness with a Focus in Lactation. I have been a childbirth and breastfeeding educator. I breastfed my three children, Nicholas, Susie and Patrick. They are all adults now.
I have worked in the same community hospital my entire lactation consulting career. My work includes helping moms in the hospital after they leave the hospital and facilitating our breastfeeding support group. My greatest professional achievement was helping my hospital achieve Baby Friendly designation in October 2015.
I talk to moms on the telephone when they call with questions. I have answered questions about breastfeeding, while putting gas in my car, at the gym, on airplanes, and while stopped at a stop light. I have counseled moms via their moms by email and Facebook.
I love the moments when I am present and maybe have even helped a baby latch on for the first time. I love the look on a mom’s face when that happens. I love when I meet with a mom, and they tell me our session was helpful. I enjoy helping moms work through the challenges of breastfeeding and come out on the other side. I grieve with those moms who decide that breastfeeding is not working and they decide to end their breastfeeding journey sooner than they had intended.
- Breastfeeding is important
- It makes a difference in the health of both babies and moms, both short-term and long-term
- If you can breastfeed then you should breastfeed or breast-milk feed
- Moms do not get enough support to help them through the challenging times and that is the primary reason they don’t reach their goals, or even start breastfeeding in the first place
- Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby
I started this blog to expand my reach to moms everywhere, especially those who don’t have the resources to get face to face, hands-on help. I hope to be a place moms can go when they have a question or concern at 2 am.
I know there are many breastfeeding advice sites. My hope for this site is that it will be a place you can come for advice and answers that are based on the latest research, and the wealth of my many years of experience. I want it to help you figure out what is fact and what is a myth and what is coming from crazy-town.
There is rarely one right way of doing things, and breastfeeding is an ever-changing experience as your baby grows and changes. Each mom is different and unique and each baby is different and unique, and each follows the path that is best for them.
I would love to help you with your journey!
If you like something that I wrote, please share it. Tell your friends about this site. Tell your family members. If you have a question, please ask it. If you don’t agree with something I said, feel free to post why. I would love your feedback.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org